Incensed over the news that the FBI was reopening the case , Valerie Jarrett told Barack Obama to fire him, which his right as president. Obama refused because he was concerned that such a move would have blown up in his face. He’s right. One name. Archibald Cox. Us oldies remember when Richard Nixon fired the special prosecutor charged with the Watergate Scandal. The result of that firing was what was called “The Saturday Night Massacre.” More than the Watergate Burglary itself, the firing of Cox spelled the end of the Nixon presidency.
From a source close to Jarrett:
“Valerie argued that Comey was interfering deliberately in the election process and had to be stopped. The president said he was worried about the consequences of taking such an action — the tsunami of outrage that would come his way, and possibly become a major footnote, or worse, in the history of his presidency.”
“There is also the real possibility that such an action could backfire on the president and result in a Saturday Night Massacre.”
Obama has commented on the situation:
“I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo and we don’t operate on incomplete information and we don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made. When this was investigated thoroughly last time, the conclusion of the FBI, the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations was she had made some mistakes but that there wasn’t anything there that was prosecutable.”
At any rate, it’s too late to act now for Obama.